Republicans Forced to Call U.S. Marshals to Serve Subpoena on Lisa Page
Republicans called in U.S. Marshals to serve former FBI lawyer Lisa Page on Wednesday after she refused to comply with the committee's subpoena, according to Fox News.
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob Goodlatte accused Page of “apparently” having “something to hide.” Republicans want to question Page about her anti-Trump texts with disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok, with whom she was having an extramarital affair.
Page’s lawyer claimed she “will cooperate with this investigation” even as Page defied the subpoena to appear on Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
Page’s attorney initially agreed to comply with the subpoena, Goodlatte told Fox News, but “then turned around and immediately tried to reject it."
"So that's why we sent the marshals to her house, to serve the subpoena,” he explained. “They had to go back three times before they were finally able to reach her."
Attorney Amy Jeffress told Fox News that Page could not appear before the committee on Wednesday because they didn't have enough time to prepare. Jeffress said they would ask lawmakers to schedule another date for a closed-door interview. However, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) stated Wednesday in a tweet that contradicted this:
Page actually DID review documents at the FBI yesterday. Her failure to appear before Congress this morning had little to do with 'preparation'--and everything to do with avoiding accountability.
Meadows called Page's lack of compliance "indefensible":
Rep. Jim Jordan decried the "double standard," tweeting: "One set of rules for regular Americans, a different set for the Swamp!"
In two tweets Wednesday evening, President Trump lashed out at Page, calling her an FBI "layer" in an apparent typo, and accusing her of taking part in a “rigged witch hunt” at the FBI against him:
In an early morning tweet Thursday, President Trump called out Attorney General Jeff Sessions, urging him to act over Page’s refusal to comply with the subpoena.